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‘La Strada’ and the neo-realism movement – a post-screening discussion at BFI Southbank Jan 2020

We are pleased to present Mamoun Hassan’s discussion following the 2020 London screening of Federico Fellini’s La Strada, (Italy, 1954). In his conversation with David Somerset of the BFI, Mamoun provides an insight into the national cinema known as Italian neorealism – a movement characterised by stories set amongst the hardships of post-war Italian society. Touching on questions around whether a film can be real, or is always artificial, Mamoun refers to the work of several other neorealist film-makers: Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini – Screenwriter, and Gillo Pontecorvo.

He also touches on their influence on the British ‘neorealists’ of the Free Cinema movement:  Tony Richardson, Karel Reisz and Lindsay Anderson.

An audience Q&A follows.

The film was shown at the British Film Institute BFI Southbank in January 2020. It was voted by the Director’s poll of 2012 as one of the greatest movies of all time. The edit is interspersed with some great clips of the master’s work – enjoy!


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We’re on a journey to Italy: two Italian films at the BFI

Join me in March at the National Film Theatre, London to see two outstanding Italian films which knock the stuffing out of most of modern cinema.



3 March 2014: 18.10
National Film Theatre, BFI Southbank London:
Passport to Cinema Programme

Dominic Power, Head of Screen Arts at the National Film and Television School, has invited me to provide an introduction to Antonioni’s L’Eclisse as  part of NFTS/NFT’s Passport to Cinema.  The film is often seen as part of a trilogy of L’Avventura (which won a Special Prize at the Cannes 1960 ‘For a new movie language and the beauty of its images‘); followed by La Notte(1961) and culminating in L’Eclisse (1962). All three starred Monica Vitti, who was Antonioni’s inspiration, muse and, for a while, his companion.  These films are more than fifty years old  so qualify as antiques. But apart from the cars and clothes (fashion photography cannibalised L’Avventura and unconsciously feeds off it still) the films feel mint new.



8 March 2014 13.00 – 17.00 (with breaks)
The Studio, National Film Theatre
BFI,  Southbank London

I am pleased to be invited by David Somerset, BFI Education Programmer/ Curator to hold a  masterclass on Rossellini’s ROME OPEN CITY .

A towering work which heralded Italian Neorealism. After nearly seventy years, Neorealism still inspires filmmakers. It is a strong seed that continues to find suitable soil somewhere in the world.

Tickets for both shows are available online from the BFI.

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